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Yes. I am talking about the same Bill Werde I had a public argument with a couple of months ago regarding his obscure and shady ways of helping Lady Gaga enter the Billboard charts, which included:
Counting the viewership of an award show as visualizations of her performance (helping her song chart higher), changing Billboard rules so that her album could be sold for 99 cents and still be eligible for the charts, then changing Billboard rules again so that no one else could pull the same stunt, accepting Gaga’s Youtube/VEVO audio track + lyrics video + official video to be added to the final tally, etc.
Yup! Just like we said before, Bill Werde was an incompetent, unprofessional, shady editorial director that would facilitate the way to the top for his favorite people - like Gaga. What he got in exchange for that, we will never know. He’s been fired now.
I am happy Guggenheim media finally understood how Bill Werde was damaging Billboard’s reputation by giving special treatment to people like Lady Gaga.
We can only hope the magazine’s new editorial director, Janice Min, is a good professional and won’t sell hers and the magazine’s soul and dignity for people like Stefani Germanotta. We don’t need another little moron on the work force. All they do is tarnish reputations and cheat their way to the top.
Some people are calling it a “meltdown” (even I did, earlier on twitter). But when you think about it, this is Lady Gaga doing what she knows best: playing the victim, blaming other people for her bad music, bad videos, and bad choices, and boasting the egos of her idiotic fans (does she think they will each go out and buy ARTFLOP again every time she says she believes in them?).
2014 barely started, and here comes Lady Gaga setting the tone for a new year. Her new motto is “Poor me. People betrayed me. They left me alone and I have to do it all by myself. But monsters, I love you. I don’t care about fame and money. I care about you.” In other words, nothing’s changed. The ugly, talentless singer is still the same manipulative little bitch that will lie, cry wolves, and say whatever it takes to save face.
Take a look at her rant on littleMORONS.com:
[The DWUW video] is late because, just like with the “Applause” video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it. It is very devastating for someone like me, I devote every moment of my life to creating fantasies for you.
"Just like with the Applause video, I was given a week to plan and execute it"???? Say what?
This girl is such a pathological liar, she can’t even keep her story straight anymore.
This is Lady Gaga talking about the “Applause” video with a fan on Twitter. She told the fan (who asked about its creation process) that “Applause” was shot in "3 days, but planned for weeks!" Yes, you read that right, weeks. Plural. She had weeks of planning.
"All of my successful videos were planned over a period of time when I rested and my creativity was honored."
What are we supposed to make out of this statement? “Applause” and “DWUW” were not successful because, as Gaga claims, she didn’t have time to create them?
Remind me again, what was Lady Gaga doing before the beginning of the promotional campaign for “Applause” (the first single off of ARTFLOP)?
Well, according to the singer herself, she was in bed, resting (after her hip surgery). But now she says she didn’t have any time to rest and create her videos. What has she been doing since her hip operation?
Gaga has said over and over (while trying to make people feel sorry for her) that while she was in bed, and couldn’t walk, she would keep writing songs and ideas for performances and her next show in her notebook.
But she’s telling a different story now.
So you tell me, what has Gaga been doing with her time?
She got a hip operation in February 2013. She had March, April, May, June, July, and August to rest and create the concept for the video for “Applause.” But no, she insists she didn’t have any time.
What’s even more desperate and sad about this lame excuse is that when the videos for “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi” came out, for example, she was amidst the Fame Ball tour, traveling worldwide promoting her first album, and recording its follow-up at the same time (and still, she had time to rest and create those “successful videos”).
Come on, Lady Gaga… your lies are getting worse and worse!
Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result. Millions of dollars are not enough for some people. They want billions. I was not enough for some people.
Here, Gaga blames her former manager, Troy Carter, for her problems. Maybe she thinks he booked her too many concerts the last time? It seems she’s even blaming him for her hip injury!
Girl, if you didn’t want to do all those shows, why did you accept to do them? It’s not like you were Carter’s slave and was forced to go on tour and make millions of dollars for yourself!
Then, there is the cherry on the top of the icing:
“I wasn’t enough for some people.”
Troy Carter is known for venturing in other entrepreneurial businesses other than the main stars they manage. It seems Gaga didn’t like the fact that he had his eye on other businesses and stars as well. Too full of herself?
Who’s to blame for her failure? Certainly not herself. Blame Troy Carter. He made her a star, he made her millions of dollars. How dare him think she wasn’t enough?
You know you are dealing with an egotistical twat when she tries to get all the credit she can for her success, but deliberately blames others for her failures.
“Let me be for you the Goddess that I know I truly am.”
Yup, Lady Gaga is still the same delusional, hypocritical cunt she has always been.
Give me a chance to show you the meaning of seeing art all around you. Open your hearts to me again that I may show you the joy of us coming together through our talents, that we are stronger as a unit than we are alone.
What’s stopping Lady Gaga from accomplishing her goal? Nothing. Here, she clearly is making a reference to the poor commercial performance of her album. She is whining about not having sold too many copies. That is the problem.
It’s not like there is anything standing in between her “art” and her fans. There is nothing, and no one, stopping her “art” from reaching her fans. So what the fuck is she whining about? ARTPOP’s commercial failure.
Some sad people bought her album (a few, but they did). These people did open their hearts (and their wallets!!!) for her “art.” Some (a few) might have even bought tickets for her tour - which starts soon, but has only seven shows sold out to date!
So why is she asking for another chance again?
Oh, it’s because she expected to sell more albums. She expected people to buy whatever crappy music, and even crappier video she put out. She expected it to be easy. She didn’t expect to have to work hard to keep a career handed to her on a silver platter. She didn’t expect to have meetings with executives from her record label meetings regarding the ARTPOP disaster…
Once again, Lady Gaga proves that what matters to her is fame, and commercial success. She can’t enjoy the small amount of success she got because she doesn’t care about the few thousand fans who bought her shitty album. They don’t matter. She wants to hear the words "millions sold." That’s why she’s lying, giving excuses, blaming other people for her problems, and asking for another chance. Another chance to be the biggest “it girl” in music. And that’s what it’s all about.
What an annoying, hypocritical cunt this ugly little bitch is!
ABC Spain reports that Lady Gaga’s sales of “ARTFLOP” in the country are fake
A list containing information regarding album sales in Spain for the week between December 9 and 15 leaked online, revealing not only regrettable sector data, but also deceptive practices. It shows how the minimum sale requirements have been ignored when Gold and Platinum certifications have been given out to the artists.
In Spain, the amounts necessary to receive the Gold and Platinum records certification were originally 50,000, and 100,000 copies sold, respectively. In 2005, those numbers were reduced to 40,000 and 80,000. In 2009, they were lowered, again, to 30,000 and 60,000. Currently, they stand at 20,000 copies sold (to be certified Gold) and 40,000 (Platinum).
ARTFLOP has been certifies Gold in Spain already. However, the article revealed ARTPOP had sold only 12,000 by December 15. That means Lady Gaga received a Gold record in Spain despite not selling the minimum required by their chart rules. In reality, she sold only 60% of what’s required.
Sixty percent! That’s a tiny little bit above half the necessary amount.
Fraudy Gaga… Shady Gaga… she’s the poster child of payola! Anyone still think that THIS theory is unrealistic?
To read their full article, clik on here (thanks to alessandramonno for sending the link).
Following the aesthetics (and style) of its predecessor - the mega hit “Wrecking Ball” - “Adore You” could be easily describe as WB’s poor sister (well, it definitely had a lower budget).
I personally don’t like the song (especially as a follow up to “Wrecking Ball”). And I would have gone in another creative direction: the visuals are clean (like in WB), the content is dirty (like in WB), Miley is naked (like in WB). But she looks cute. And it got millions of views already, so I guess people are not tired of it.
When I saw it, it instantly reminded me of Madonna’s “Take a Bow” (calm yo tits, folks, I’m not saying she copied Madonna).
In “Take a Bow,” there is a sequence in which Madonna suggestively plays with a TV set under the sheets (her “love interest” is on TV). In “Adore You,” Miley Cyrus suggestively plays with a camcorder under the sheets (her “love interest” will be watching her suggestive video). Both are using video-interactivity as a sex tool - but in different sides of the spectrum: one is the voyeur, the other is an exhibitionist.
Miley Cyrus is certainly ending 2013 with another bang. And if she performs this new single at New Years Eve in NYC’s Times Square, she might start 2014 on her way to the top of the charts. Good for her!
Meanwhile, according to VH1, Lady Gaga’s ARTFLOP is the biggest flop of the year. Ouch!
Beyonce’s album sold 746,000 copies worldwide in its first week. But she sold 617,000 copies in the US alone. Do you think you will be reading reports that she only sold 129,000 copies around the world?
I doubt it.
What is y’alls take on this?
And before another delusional Beyonce fan makes another comment mentioning days, and who sold more, and bla bla bla… let me explain one thing (some of these idiots are as dumb as little monsters):
MDNA sales were used in this article to show how Madonna’s album sales in the US were consistent with the album sales overseas. MDNA sales in the US were proportional with the average percentage the North-American market has in the sales of music worldwide.
That information was used to expose how Beyonce’s US sales are completely disproportional with the way the music market is globally devided (percentagewise). The discrepancy between Beyonce’s domestic sales in comparison with her own international sales is HUGE - and that has nothing to do with Madonna.
Basic reading skills, folks!
Now let’s go to BASIC MATH:
I’ll go easy on you (little idiots who want to give reductive Tina Turner a free pass):
What is the TOTAL percentage of digital album sales worldwide?
Oh! You guessed it right (I hope)! TOTAL means 100%. Good for you! Now let’s share this pie:
The US represents 58% of that pie. The rest of the world represents 42%.
Beyonce sales in the US was 617,000 copies (that’s that 58% from the previous paragragh, my little idiots). What’s the percentage of sales in the rest of the world? 42%, right? How many albums is that?
Well, MATH says that if 58% means 617,000 albums, 42% should be 446,793 (math, folks, math. Logic. Not an opinion, okay?)
Did Beyonce sell 446,793 copies of her latest abum in the rest of the world?
Beyonce did NOT sell 446, 793 copies of her album outside the US at all.She sold only 129,000 copies (we are still talking digital albums, folks). That’s only 12% of the total worldwide sales (which should be 42%).
That means that Beyonce’s sales ARE too DISPROPORTIONAL and INCONSISTENT. And isn’t that what this article is about?
You read that right. According to Billboard:
But let’s COMPARE the RESULTS of Billboard’s poll with REAL LIFE’s facts and numbers. Do you think we will find any empirical evidence that Lady Gaga is the most valuable player in music this year?
This year’s results of Billboard’s Readers Poll show how useless and irrelevant online polls are. They are nothing but popularity contests whose winners are always the ones with the most useless fan-base, the ones with fans that have got nothing better to do than vote online for their favorites over and over and over again.
Case in point, Lady Gaga’s embarrassing “ARTFLOP" was voted readers’s favorite No. 1 album of the year. Cute. Except that Gaga’s album, in the real world, was not anyone’s favorite - especially in comparison with the other two albums:
ARTFLOP sold only 257,000 copies in its debut week - the only week it reached the No. 1 spot before becoming the biggest second week sale drop of the year. Curious fact: in only five years and three albums, Gaga has already got TWO among the biggest second week sales drop in history.
Taylor Swift’s “Red" sold 1.2 million copies in its first week. Miley Cyrys’s ”Bangerz" sold 270,000 copies in its first week. Both albums sold more copies than Lady Gaga.
So remind me again why Gaga’s ARTFLOP was voted Favorite No. 1 Billboard 200 Album? Oh yeah! Those votes came from useless fans who, as these official numbers show, have no impact in the real world.
Lady Gaga’s video for “Flopplause" was also voted the best music video of the year. It received almost twice as many votes as the No. 2 video, Miley Cyrus’s "Wrecking Ball.”
It’s kind of funny, since “Wrecking Ball” has been viewed/streamed way more than Gaga’s. In fact, Miley’s video broke Vevo's most-viewed record with 12.3 million views in the first 24 hours.
I mean… really?
Lady Gaga’s insufferably forgettable SNL performance was voted the best TV performance of the year? This is a topic for you guys to discuss.
And while we are on it, Lady Gaga’s collaboration with accused pedophile R. Kelly was voted best collaboration. Ha!
"Best collaboration." It is so good, that the song never even became a top 10 hit. Unlike Eminem's collaboration with Rihanna, The Monster, which currently is at the No. 1 position for its second week. Go figure!
The most anticipated event of 2014 was Lady Gaga’s next tour, which is really interesting: tickets have been put on sale for quite sometime now, but sales are not as strong as they thought - even in high profile cities like New York and Los Angeles!
One would think that past a week or two after the tour’s announcement, additional dates would have been added in big cities. But the demand is so weak, tour promoters are reluctant to add more dates even in NYC or LA.
Things might change if Lady Gaga manages to produce a hit single this year, but after the embarrassing flop of “Applause,” “DWUW,” and all the promotional singles that did not become hits (“Venus,” Dope” and “Gypsy”), I think very few dates might be added to her tour.
FYI: as of today, you can still buy tickets for Lady Gaga’s only show at the Madison Square Garden.
Then, there’s the next category:
This is the funniest of all, considering that Lady Gaga’s previous tour was flopping, according to Billboard’s official numbers. Billboard tried to cover up gaga’s flopping tour, but they inadvertently revealed that Lady Gaga sold an average of 9,090 tickets per show:
“In total, 22 shows were cancelled, forcing the refund of roughly 200,000 tickets worth approximately $25 million in gross ticket sales, Billboard estimates,” said Billboard.
Now do the math:
200,000 tickets / 22 shows = 9,090 tickets sold per show (average).
Then go and check the venues Lady Gaga was supposed to play those 22 shows (the smallest one had capacity to over 15,261 people):
The average capacity for those 22 shows Gaga cancelled was 19,278 people per show. She had sold (average) 9,090 tickets per show. That’s only about 50% of tickets sold days before the concerts. Gaga’s “injury” happened at the right time! Perfect timing!
There are these two other categories in which Gaga got the most votes:
Best fashion. Ha! This joke could not have ended on a better note.
Madonna took her kids to Beyonce’s show last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Fans went wild when the Queen of Pop tried to discreetly enjoy the show with her family:
[Beyonce kisses Madonna’s youngest daughter, Mercy].
Through her Instagram, Madonna said:
"Mercy James gets a big fat one from the Queen. B!"
“Mrs. Carter crushes the BK with her bad ass show! Girls run the world!”
1) “Beyoncé” debuts at No. 1 with 617,000 copies sold.
2) Lady Gaga’s embarrassing duet with Christina Aguilera only moved her
shitty song from No. 24 (prior to their performance) to No. 15 on iTunes. Not impressive.
3) Gaga’s performance alongside Christina Aguilera did not attract viewers. In fact, The Voice's finale hit its second-lowest ratings in five seasons. Ouch!
interesting going on with Gaga’s career, all that’s left to do is laugh!
If Lady Gaga has left any mark in the music industry, it surely is the level of desperation one would go to promote an album.
It seems like the Lady Gaga School For Desperate Measures is, indeed, schooling other music stars (Lady Gaga accomplished at least ONE THING this year). Today, it is Beyoncé who is graduating magna cum laude.
Beyoncé has been delaying the release of her new album for ages, but today, she released her fifth solo album, “Beyoncé,” unannounced.
You read that right: unannounced.
Out of the blue, the “visual album” titled “Beyoncé” was put on sale on iTunes with 14 songs and 17 videos (that’s why it’s being sold as a “visual album”).
I personally love the idea of an artist releasing videos for all the songs in their albums, we are passed the MTV days, this is the right time to do it.
And even though Beyoncé is NOT the first one to do it, it’s nice to see someone doing it (they have the money, and the time to do it). I hope her fans don’t go all crazy monsters pretending she’s breaking new ground here. She’s not. Anyways, kudos to her.
By now, you might be asking yourselves why I think Beyonce is being “desperate.”
Well, we cannot NOT mention the fact that Beyoncé bought every single ad-slot (electronic billboards) on iTunes to promote her new album:
Let’s not be hypocrites here:
Had it been Lady Gaga buying all the e-billboard on the iTunes store, we would all be calling her desperate. And, well, there is no better word to describe an artist who buys every e-billboard on a page to promote their product other than “desperate.”
I would have done the same, though.
After all, her previous album (“4”) did not produce one single hit - and she released seven official singles from that LP. In fact, the last real hits Beyoncé had came out of her great 2008 album “I Am… Sasha Fierce”. So she’d better be noticed this time (and five different e-billboards on iTunes might do the job for her).
The lukewarm reception “Grown Woman" received earlier this year already forced her to change her plans: it was supposed to be this album’s first single, but this plan was cancelled after a tepid reception. Then she went on tour, started performing the song (hoping it would catch). It didn’t. So the album kept being pushed away (until this morning).
"I Am… Sasha Fierce" is my favorite Beyoncé album. This new one sounds good, but it doesn’t come close to "Sasha." It reminds me more of Solange Knowles (Beyoncé’s sister), though. And that kinda is a good thing, Solange always made better music in my opinion.
And just when I started to think I might give Beyoncé another chance, I realized she is, definitely, as desperate as Lady Gaga. Here’s the description of her album:
"a provocative, unguarded artistic statement - revealing a side of the icon previously unknown to fans and cementing her status as a pop visionary.”
Beyoncé has always been a fan of Madonna, and she often does stuff that reminds us of the Queen of Pop.
However, unlike Lady Gaga, Beyoncé’s Madonna-inspired work always come off as a tribute, homage, or plain and simple inspiration, and not just a copy (Gaga).
Don’t get me wrong: I think Beyoncé is completely unoriginal (remember how she has already copied Kylie Minogue and Lorella Cuccarini down to a T). But sometimes, her unoriginality does come off as a tribute, a nod, and not just straight forward copies.
In her new video “Haunted,” there are tons of Madonna references (and a very clear Michael Jackson reference too). Let me know what you think in the comments.
[Beyoncé pays a tribute to Michael Jackson: she’s white now].
[Image by MadonnaOnLine].
Madonna’s little star has grown, and she’s shining through and through!
Lourdes Maria (AKA Lola León or Lola Ciccone) is playing rule-bending Betty Rizzo in the LaGuardia production of Grease in New York City.
The performances started on December 5th and go all the way to December 15th. According to their website, they are all sold out:
Below, you can listen to Lourdes Maria (beautifully) singing a song in the play (she sounds great even in a bootleg recording):
Lourdes is the future:
A trained pianist, a great singer, a dancer, and an actress… get ready world!
Third week in the market, and Lady Gaga’s latest album is still underperforming everywhere. By now, it would make more sense if she renamed it “CHARTDROP.”
Katy Perry’s PRISM (released six weeks ago) still reigns over Gaga, strongly remaining in the top 20 despite being in the market for twice as long.
A similar scenario is repeated in the US, where PRISM is still ahead of
ARTFLOP CHARTDROP in the charts:
Maybe Interscope will have to spend other $25 million to save ARTFLOP from the bottom of the charts.
In the meantime, Lady Gaga keeps raiding the 80s. Her latest victim? Boy George (she’s grasping at straws now).
I must say not thing: I don’t think that was a smart move. If copying Madonna (who’s been successful for 30 years) did not help her keep a successful career for five, I don’t think copying a has-been like Boy George will change her fate.
It seems the days that every other musician would endorse Lady Gaga’s delusions of grandeur are over.
Here’s what Mika had to say about Lady Gaga to La Reppublica:
I was never very fond of television, but don’t forget, I’m a pop artist, so the intellectual things, the alienating, and even carbage are on the same level of interest for me. Pop art is spontaneous. Its value is found over time. How many Salieri there have been in history for a Mozart? Lady Gaga has made a huge mistake: trumpeting from the rooftops that she had recorded an album of ‘pop art’ with a cover designed by an artist of pop art. Trivial and superficial. The pop is in me, not in Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga received no nominations for the 2014 Grammy’s ceremony.
Record Of The Year? Nope.
Song Of The Year? Nope.
Best Pop Solo Performance? Nope.
Best Dance Recording? Nope.
For that alone, the recording academy deserves a standing ovation. Is the music business trying to restore its values? I hope so!
Live Nation just announced the first dates for Lady Gaga’s next tour. And as I predicted, ticket prices were lowered. This time, Gaga’s average ticket price is on pair with her adversary popstars, like Miley Cyrus.
Actually, Gaga’s tickets are cheaper: her floor tickets cost $85.00 now. Obviously, her shows are general admission again, so she can have more people on the floor of arenas than if she had tickets with assigned seats.
Last time Gaga went on tour, her concert tickets were almost as high as Madonna's (known for expensive tickets and a high production value): the average low ticket price for each of the Born This Way Ball concert in North America was $110.
But the Born This Way Ball forced tour promoters to offer different deals to move tickets in different parts of the world:
In France, tickets for her concert in Paris were offered on Groupon with a 70% discount. In Nice, she had to downgrade a stadium concert to a theater with 9,000 seas. In Brazil, the deal was “buy one ticket, get one free" in all of her shows. In Rio de Janeiro, on the day of her concert, the deal was buy one, get TWO free. In the US, unsold tickets were given away for FREE at her “Born Brave” bus stationary outside the venues she was playing.
Gaga’s low ticket sales the last time also forced Live Nation to “travel light” with her equipment to cut production costs, forcing her to use Madonna’s MDNA stage structure in most of her concerts in South America. And when Madonna needed her stage back, Gaga borrowed Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet stage structure instead!
This time around, Gaga will most likely have to extend her tour to around 201 shows again if she wants to keep the artificial notion that she is a big touring act (any other famous pop star would be seen as a big touring act if they go on the road with the same tour for three years, and perform 201 shows). If she doesn’t, she won’t be able to pull in the big numbers charging $85 dollars per ticket performing less than 150 shows.
Oh well, at least she has offered “reserved seats” for $200 (and $35.00, $49.50, and $85.00)… does the “expensive” one include a meet and greet? I wonder how many crappy seats will be sold as expensive ”reserved” so she can
steal make a few more bucks off of her retarded special fans…
I just wish she would try to bite more than she can chew (she usually does it anyway). It will be even more embarrassing if she needed to borrow Miley Cyrus’s or Katy Perry’s stage structures this time.
Desperate to sell records, Lady Gaga shows us her scorpion and her beaver (again):
I love it how she strikes a pose with her arm up, trying to “lift” her saggy breasts (but the photoshop is still very clear).
Some might have thought that Lady Gaga’s “all over the place" style used to be a well planned strategy to impress the public (we were never fooled). Now, however, it’s pretty obvious to everyone that she runs erratically. She keeps throwing
mud shit at walls to see what sticks.
Before the ARTFLOP fiasco, Gaga claimed she was going to "tone down" her act:
She ditched the wigs, sported brown hair, she even tried to be Lana Del Rey for a while. Then, when
Applause Flopplause didn’t hit #1, she started rehashing her past self (wearing wigs and outfits reminiscent from the Fame and the Fame Monster eras). Then, when DWUW failed to reach the top 10 in most markets (including the US), she went “full-on” desperate, showing her bushy beaver at a concert in London:
Well, showing her vajayjay in London a few weeks ago did not help her sell more records. But she didn’t learn from it. So here she comes again, showing her beaver on the cover of CANDY. This time, the photographer is Steven Klein - maybe Terry Richardson has lost interest in her lady parts now that she is nearly 30?
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone magazine reveals their “50 Best Albums of 2013" list, and Gaga isn’t in it. That’s the same magazine that lied about Gaga being voted the “new Queen of Pop” not too long ago. The same one that used to write overly positive articles about her, even when she clearly did not deserve any compliments.
But when even Rolling Stone magazine ditches you, it’s time to beaver-flash the world for some attention.
And if there’s any doubt that Gaga is in dire need of attention, Bing just revealed their 2013’s “Most Searched" lists as well. Gaga is nowhere to be found neither in their 2012 list, nor in their 2013 list.
Someone else, however, is among the most searched people in 2013. But unlike Gaga (who had a canceled tour, a hip operation, and a studio album coming out this year), this other artist had no tour, no studio album, and no dramatic moment in her life in 2013. Still:
Shows your beaver again, Gaga, it all makes sense now. In fact, I think naming your next tour THE BEAVER BALL will be very fitting.